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A new study finds a limited influence of genetics on human longevity, Stat News reports.

Two recent publications suggest that DeepVariant's machine learning is far superior to traditional methods of variant calling, especially with hardware accelerators.

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Business Insider reports that a three-year partnership between Ancestry and Calico has ended.

The STRIDES program aims to establish industry partnerships to provide NIH researchers access to cost-effective computational infrastructure, tools, and services.

At HIMSS18, Eric Schmidt announced a new healthcare API for Google Cloud and explored how predictive analytics might change medical care and research for the better.

WuXi's data analysis tools will be hosted on Google's Cloud marketplace while Google's genomics and research tools will be integrated with WuXi's platform.

DNAnexus is running a pilot on its genome informatics platform with Google's newly open-sourced DeepVariant variant calling tool.

Google expects its newly released open-source update to DeepVariant to improve the accuracy of variant calling, particularly in plant and animal genomes.

At the Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit, experts discussed the promise and challenges of genomic and health data, and strategies for taming it.

"It's actually pretty difficult to build an artificially intelligent machine," according to a top Google life scientist, who is more focused on iterative machine learning.

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A new study finds that a placental protein linked with preeclampsia can be targeted by RNA silencing, according to the New Scientist.

A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

In PNAS this week: approach for analyzing the expression of endogenous retroviruses, circular RNAs that influence host-virus interactions, and more.

A phylogenetic analysis finds that the rare hemimastigotes form their own supra-kingdom, CBC reports.